Retired Lt. Col. Oliver North went to the College at Brockport for two years before enrolling in the US Naval Academy.

The next president of the National Rifle Association has ties to the Rochester area.

Retired Lt. Col. Oliver North went to the College at Brockport for two years before enrolling in the US Naval Academy.

North was a key figure in the Iran-contra scandal in the 1980s. Weapons were secretly sold to Iran and the money was used to arm rebels in Nicaragua. Charges against North were later overturned.

North was picked Monday by the NRA's board of directors, which elects a president every two years. He's expected to assume office within the next several weeks.

North succeeds Pete Brownell, who did not seek a second term.